India and England will lock horns in their first of the 5-Test match series on 1 August at Birmingham’s Edgbaston Cricket Ground. For the preparation of the Test series, Team India played a 3-day warm-up match against the Essex team, but it ended in a draw. Captain Virat Kohli scored 68 runs in the first innings off 93 balls.
Following his half-century, Essex Cricket took to Twitter to congratulate the Indian captain. However, their tweet, “This guy’s not bad at cricket… 50 up for @imVkohli off 67 balls!”, did not go down well by the Indian fans.
— Essex Cricket (@EssexCricket) July 25, 2018
One Twitter user reacted, “Whole world know he is a run machine in world cricket nd u guys know now,” while another was certain that the Indian run-machine will score three centuries in the Test series.
— yaana (@Vishakha68899) July 25, 2018
He will score atleast 3 centuries this summer to shut the mouth of people like you !!
— Gaurav Kalra (@daredevilgaurav) July 25, 2018
“You’re being internet explorer of cricket. What u said was being said in 2009. Now, Virat Kohli is legend,” another one of Twitterati replied sarcastically.
you’re being internet explorer of cricket. What u said was being said in 2009. Now, @imVkohli is legend.
— Manish Gadre (@GadManCrazy) July 26, 2018
The caption should be … This guy’s unbelievable in cricket
— Virat’s_girl:* (@coolmonideepa) July 25, 2018
He have world cup in his hand.. what about you guys?? ??? Or I can say you guys are not bad at lose in world cup matches!! #kiddos
— Pranaw Botke (@Pranaw125) July 28, 2018
The 3-day practice match between team India and Essex ended in a draw.
Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Virat Kohli, Murali Vijay and KL Rahul played well but the failure of Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara has raised some concern. In bowling department, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma got 4 and 3 wickets respectively.